Maryland community euthanizes Canada geese

Canada geese were endangering water quality in the the community of Ocean Pines on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. ©Kumweni

A community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore contracted with the USDA Wildlife Services to eliminate 290 Canada geese (Branta canadensis) that were endangering water quality. Since 2014, Ocean Pines has attempted to deter the geese from its ponds and roads by using a deterrent called Flight Control and by not mowing areas around lakes and ponds, but the nonlethal efforts didn’t work, the Salisbury Daily Times reported. An Ocean Pines official said the geese were causing “unacceptable levels of feces in the water and recreation areas of the community.” The geese were donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

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